A2J Club Justice is Opening!

A2J Club Justice is Opening!

International A2J Club for Organizations who Work to Strengthen Access to Justice and to Promote the Right to Legal Aid in Their Countries

Club justice mission is global dialogue of innovators in A2J (access to justice) sphere. We unite in Club Justice to learn from each other, to find partners for common ideas’ development, to get together to share ideas. The club was established to answer global challenges for access to justice sphere, to find solutions for legal problems with common causes and effects from country to country. Club Justice also seeks innovative ideas to develop in idea incubator – KyivLEPP.

Since 2019 there were different solutions developed in KyivLEPP – for Argentina, Georgia, Kenya, Moldove, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, North Macedonia, Ukraine. Some of those solutions have been implemented already. For instance, there was the international communication platform for students, teachers and clients of legal clinics developed for Ukraine and Poland. Also outlying villages in North Macedonia will receive legal assistance annually, the idea was also developed in KyivLEPP. We noticed that legal needs are very common in different countries, so one of the main ideas of the Club is to find answers.

There was also the cooperation of the legal aid reformers network (LARN) in the history of the creation of the Club Justice. We were inspired by the idea of  networking and exchange of information and resources on legal aid among legal aid policymakers and practitioners globally.

You can join Club Justice via the invitation of the member organization only. Each member has a limit of invites – 5 a year.

A great number of Ukrainian organizations, and institutions already have joined Club Justice:

Жирная отметка галочкойMinistry of Justice of Ukraine,

Жирная отметка галочкойCoordination Centre for Legal Aid Provision,

Жирная отметка галочкойUkrainian Legal Aid Foundation,

Жирная отметка галочкойLegal Development Network,

Жирная отметка галочкойUkrainian Paralegal Association,

Жирная отметка галочкойAssociation of Legal Clinics of Ukraine,

Жирная отметка галочкойthe NGO “Ukraine without torture”.

The Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine starts a new direction and organizes the first Autumn Forum on “Development of Legal Clinical Science” as a result of which a collection of scientific works of category B will be published (scientific journal “Legal Position”). The forum will take place on September 17, 2021.

20 articles will be selected for publication: 15 Ukrainian authors, 5 foreign (USA, Poland, Georgia, Great Britain, etc.). Publication for selected authors is free.

In total, it is planned to publish 50 copies of the collections at the expense of donors (OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine, USAID New Justice Program).

To participate in the selection of the article academics should submit their papers no later than July 20, 2021The deadline for submission is extended to July 31, but last date papers can be accepted is August 10. 

The editorial office receives and registers the DOI for articles.

Requirements for articles:

Volume – 12-20 pages of text, paper size – A4, margins on all sides – 20 mm, line spacing – 1.5, font size – 14, typeface – Times New Roman, paragraph – 1 cm (only for the main text of the article).

The structure of the scientific article:

  1. UDC (alignment on the left edge). To define the code – see http://www.udcsummary.info/php/i ndex.php? lang = uk;
  2. initials and surname of the author (font – bold, centered), academic degree and academic title,
  3. position and place of work (full name of the structural unit) (font – straight, centered); Each subsequent co-author from a new line.
  4. title of scientific article (center alignment, font – bold, capital letters);
    abstract and keywords in Ukrainian (average amount of annotation – not less than 1800 printed characters);
  5. initials, author’s surname, title of the article and annotation in English (2000–2500 printed characters);
  6. the text of a scientific article indicating the following elements:

– formulation of the problem.analysis of recent research and publications (brief analysis of research results of scientists on the subject of a scientific article)

– purpose, which indicates the purpose and objectives of scientific research.
– the results, which highlight the main results of the study, presented in a scientific article.
– conclusions and prospects, which provide specific conclusions on the results of the study and prospects for further development.

7. List of used sources in the order of mention or in alphabetical order (drawn up according to the interstate standard DSTU 8302: 2015 “Information and documentation. Bibliographic reference. General requirements and rules of compilation”). References to literary sources in the text of a scientific article should be provided in square brackets [1, p. 56; 7, p. 45–51].

Language of publications: Ukrainian, English.

Papers should be sent to the e-mail of the Association – as.lc.ukraine@gmail.com with the subject of the letter “Article” Development of legal clinical science_surname and author’s name “.

Contact person – Yuliia Lomzhets, Chairman of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine, tel. +38 093 47 500 84

Communication platform for the legal clinics of Ukraine and Poland

Communication platform for the legal clinics of Ukraine and Poland

The Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine and the Polish Legal Clinics Foundation implemented a project to strengthen access to justice. The organizations have jointly developed an International Communication Platform for students, teachers and clients of legal clinics.

The Project has been supported by the KyivLEPP — the Kyiv Legal Empowerment Practical Program, an incubator of innovative ideas in the field of access to justice in Ukraine and the world.

Platform goals:

Legal assistance to clients. Ukrainians living in Poland and Poles in Ukraine will be able to access legal aid regarding:

  • tax disputes;
  • family disputes;
  • crossing border issues, etc.

Experience exchange between students. They will be able to share experiences, practice under the guidance of curators of legal clinics.

Cooperation of clinics. Participants will be able to work together, share data, follow legal advice in real time. Teams will be able to share documents and assign tasks.

Language skills development. Participants will be able to improve their legal English and improve their speaking skills.

Ways of cooperation

Polish and Ukrainian legal clinics shall:

  • get access to general affairs;
  • will be able to exchange samples of documents, research resources;
  • will hold joint events,
  • will be able to share knowledge, etc.

The the IT platform idea arose due to desire of legal clinics in Poland and Ukraine to reduce communication barriers, to create a basis for exchanging practical experience between students and teachers. We are confident that the launch of the platform will facilitate access to justice for the citizens of our countries,” – commented Pavel Klimek (Legal Adviser, Civil Adviser, and Court Mediator).

Platform structure

Communication platform for the legal clinics of Ukraine and Poland

Home. Home page, which contains a brief overview of the tasks of the platform and the KyivLEPP. There is also information about the team that worked on the Project.

Common cases and research. Joint cases of Ukrainian and Polish legal clinics. On this page you can work together on cases (without personal data using).

Clinics. Information about Ukrainian and Polish legal clinics. The page is created for acquaintance, communication, viewing cases, search of common interests, directions of work and contacts.

Directory. Page to track people who are registered on the platform.

Wiki. “Internal Wikipedia” of the platform. It includes the effective approaches and knowledge that should be retained for other legal clinics. You can add inspirational materials here.

Reading List. Space of interesting materials. This page can be filled with an unlimited number of resources that legal clinics find useful.

Event Calendar. Calendar of future events of legal clinics.

Research resources. These are various resources, databases and knowledge bases of different organizations and states. In particular, resources that assist in the work of a lawyer on a daily basis (court register, etc.).

How to run a clinic template. Page with templates for improving the work of the legal clinic that can be simply copied and used in the work (examples of templates of the legal clinic of the Ukrainian Catholic University).

Creation of a joint communication platform will allow cooperating with legal clinics of Ukraine and Poland in real time: to hold joint training events, organize competitions, provide consultations and work together to resolve cases.”, – highlighted the Head of the Association of the Legal Clinics of Ukraine Yuliia Lomzhets.

Rules for using the platform


The international platform is here – [Link]

To register on the platform, you must create a Notion account.

How to create an account on Notion:

  1. Navigate to the link – [Notion].
  2. Insert your email and click on the Sign up button.
  3. Click on Continue with email. Notion has sent you a letter with a code, enter it in the field Sign up code.

Heading towards finish .

A few more steps.

  1. Press Create new account, provide your name and think up of a password.
  2. Choose the way of using: For myself (Free) or With my team.

Congratulations, now you have aNotion account.

Communication platform for the legal clinics of Ukraine and Poland

Some hints on using Notion:

🇬🇧 Eng [Guide]

🇺🇦 Ua [Recommendations]

The platform was developed within the framework of the Kyiv Legal Empowerment Practical Program (the KyivLEPP2020), implemented by the Ukrainian Access to Justice School of Practice with the expert and financial support of the Human Rights and Justice Program of the International Renaissance Foundation.

Legal Education and Human Rights in Mykolaiiv: Efficiency of Legal Clinic “Ex aequo et bono” Activity

Legal Education and Human Rights in Mykolaiiv: Efficiency of Legal Clinic “Ex aequo et bono” Activity

84.5% – this is the result that the legal clinic ‘Ex aequo et bono’ of the Admiral Makarov National University of Shipbuilding gained after its’ activities effectiveness monitoring.

Правоосвіта і правозахист у Миколаєві

During 21-23 October 2020, the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine jointly with the Admiral Makarov National University of Shipbuilding monitored the activities of the legal clinic ‘Ex aequo et bono’ for compliance with the Standards of the Legal Clinics Activity in Ukraine, adopted at the All-Ukrainian Conference of the ALCU in 2014.

Head of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine Yuliia Lomzhets highlighted:

“Monitoring is a driving force of network development. On the one hand, it generates legal clinic activities to go better and improve, on the other hand, it shows the realistic overview of legal clinics activities in Ukrainian law schools”.

Правоосвіта і правозахист у Миколаєві

During the monitoring, four directions of the legal clinic activity were examined: organizational, educational, human rights work, and legal education work. The monitoring aims to ensure the development of legal clinics in the regions and to allow the Association to better understand the needs of the legal clinic movement network.

The members of the monitoring group were the following:

  • Kateryna Datsko, Member of the Board of the ALCU, Dean of the Law faculty, Head of the Legal Clinic of the State University of Economics and Technology;
  • Tetiana Sholkova, Member of the Board of the ALCU, Head of the Legal Clinic of the National University of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine;
  • Daniil Popkov, lawyer of the public organization ‘Vostok-SOS’.

Правоосвіта і правозахист у Миколаєві

After the conducted assessment, on October 23, the online presentation of the monitoring of the legal clinic ‘Ex aequo et bono’ of the Admiral Makarov National University of Shipbuilding was held.

Правоосвіта і правозахист у Миколаєві

According to the monitoring results, the overall rate of the legal clinic is 84.5%, which means that the legal clinic belongs to the ‘highest quality’. The preliminary results in the frame of key indicators are as follows:

  • Organization and capacity of the legal clinic – 92.8%;
  • Inclusion of legal clinic education in the education process – 70%;
  • Legal counseling in the legal clinic – 75%;
  • Legal education activities in the legal clinic – 100%.

Правоосвіта і правозахист у Миколаєві

Head of the monitoring group Kateryna Datsko summarized:

‘Professionalism and passion for work provide an excellent result. This is the key to the success of the Admiral Makarov National University of Shipbuilding Legal Clinic. I want to underline the effective management and appropriate attention of the university administration to the legal clinic. In this higher educational institution administration knows and understands the role of the legal clinic for ensuring the quality of lawyers’ education’.

Правоосвіта і правозахист у Миколаєві

After the monitoring, the experts provided recommendations for improving the legal clinic activities, in particular:

  • update internal documentation (regulations, job descriptions);
  • establish systematic training for consultants by the legal clinic areas of activity;
  • strengthen the planning and ensure the regularity of the legal education component;
  • arrange the accounting of legal clinic measures;
  • improve the communication component of the legal clinic.

The representatives of the legal clinic & the university, partners from state and public institutions joined the presentation of the monitoring results.

Правоосвіта і правозахист у Миколаєві

Vice-rector of scientific and pedagogical work, economic, legal, and social issues of the university Oleh Dubinskyi emphasized the importance of the legal clinic work, especially its educational component, and assured that all of the recommendations will be implemented soon.

Правоосвіта і правозахист у Миколаєві

The representatives of the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine, who supported the legal clinic monitoring also took partIn the discussion.

National Rule of Law and Human Rights Project Manager of the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine Oleksandr Sydielnikov added:

“The course of support of legal clinics education in Ukraine is indeed perspective. Therefore, it is very important to provide students with practical skills. Thanks to the legal clinics activities the result, when the students will be prepared for work. Such direction is also aimed at educating high-quality lawyers with the right values”.

According to the speaker’s words, through the improvement of the quality of legal clinic education, we will be able to improve the ‘quality of lawyers’, who in turn will contribute to the improvement of the rule of law and human rights in Ukraine in future. Oleksandr also announced the publishing of a legal clinic handbook that will highlight issues of the organization, planning, and operation of clinics.

Правоосвіта і правозахист у Миколаєві

Nataliia Hnatusha, the Head of the Regional Center for Free Secondary Legal Aid in the Mykolayiv oblast, emphasized the enhanced cooperation of the legal clinic with the FSLA Center. She commented:

“The Legal Aid Center cooperates with legal clinics a lot. Presently, legal clinics are reliable partners in the free legal aid system. We work towards beneficiary’s redirection system. A separate huge area of work is legal education events of various types, in which we involve students – lawyers and law students”.

Правоосвіта і правозахист у Миколаєві

The legal clinic members, Yulia Bondar, Iryna Dmytruk, and Olena Shkarneha also commented on the results of the monitoring.

“I have identified a vector where to move next to improve our work. Therefore, I am grateful for new ideas and recommendations. We will try to make it possible the soonest possible”, – finalized the Head of the legal clinic Olena Shkarneha.

Additionally, the working meeting with the Rector of the Admiral Makarov National University of Shipbuilding Yevhen Trushliakov was held. During the meeting, the monitoring group presented the legal clinic evaluation results, and all members discussed the implementation of activities improving recommendations.

Contact information of the Legal Clinic ‘Ex aequo et bono’ of the Admiral Makarov National University of Shipbuilding:

Olena Shkarneha, Head of the Legal Clinic

Address: Mykolaiv, 9, Heroes of Ukraine, 612 room

Tel.: (051) 2 71 17 33

e-mail: clinic.nuos@gmail.com

2020: Results of Legal Clinics in the Field of Financial Services

2020: Results of Legal Clinics in the Field of Financial Services

The Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine held a final press conference to present the results of the Project ‘Legal Clinic Consultations for Financial Services Consumers’, which had been implementing with the support of the USAID Financial Sector Transformation Project (FST).

From February to November, the Association implemented the Project ‘Legal Clinic Consultations for Financial Services Consumers’ with the support of the USAID Financial Sector Transformation Project (FST). The project contributed to the active involvement of the Association in deepening knowledge and legal protection of consumers of financial services. In particular, the project provided for the institutional development of the Association of Legal Clinics in Ukraine, legal education and counselling, as well as the expansion of regional representation of legal clinics.

 

During her speech, Financial Consumer Protection Advisor at the USAID Financial Sector Transformation Project (FST) Tetiana Burak commented:

“The goals and objectives we set for ALCU were to strengthen its institutional capacity and professionalism, which would further contribute to the support of legal clinics in all regions. During the project implementation, many different events, communication campaigns, modernization of the Association’s website and development of quality educational materials were carried out. ALCU has also successfully carried out a mission to establish a clinic in Sloviansk and strengthened the capacity of clinics in Kharkiv, Chernivtsi and Kyiv. I am very glad that even more students joined the activities of the clinics”.

Тетяна Бурак

Strengthening institutional capacity

Yuliia Lomzhets, the Head of the ALCU, spoke about the challenges faced by the Association during the project implementation, as well as about the strengthening of institutional capacity:

“One of the main tasks of the Association’s team is the institutionalization of the organization and its further institutional development. That is why a significant part of the project activities was aimed at further development of the network of legal clinics, development of its competence and communication potential. Their relevance is due to the need to strengthen the role of legal clinics as regional agents of human rights and education of consumers of financial services, and the Association – as their effective coordinator, a permanent partner of state and public institutions working in the field of financial services.

Юлія Ломжець

In the direction of strengthening the institutional capacity of the project team performed a number of tasks:

  • Professional development and development of network initiatives.

Due to the project implementation, the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine organized a number of events to improve the skills of managers and teachers of legal clinics.

  • Organization of the International professional educational and scientific internship for students of law clinics on the topic “Responsible business and human rights”.

For the first time, the Association took up the topic of business and human rights, and chose an innovative format of the International Student Internship Competition. The internship consisted of two levels: national and international. At each level, students performed research (writing a legal essay) and practical (solving real legal cases, participating in workshops) tasks.

The National Stage of the competition was attended by 8 legal clinics of Ukraine, which prepared 9 essays on “Responsible Business and Human Rights”. In particular, 5 essays concerned business in the field of financial services and human rights:

  1. Development of business in the field of financial services to ensure the provision of free medical services to vulnerable groups;
  2. Protection of consumer rights of credit services;
  3. Guiding principles of credit and financial institutions in the aspect of human rights;
  4. Institute of Specialized Financial Ombudsman in Ukraine: the need and potential for implementation;
  5. Investment activity as a factor of realization and provision of human rights in Ukraine.

In addition to the three Ukrainian winning teams, three Polish teams and one Latvian team were selected for the final stage. During the final stage of the “UP” contest, the teams of legal clinics presented their legal positions.

  • Development of specialization in the activities of legal clinics.

The implementation of the project helped to start the process of specialization in the activities of legal clinics. Holding forums, specialized trainings, School and Festival, organization of counseling and legal education has formed a group of clinics that can professionally protect the rights of consumers of financial services at a high level.

  • Promotion of legal clinics among law students.

Interactive, cognitive and competitive events for students of law clinics are organized: Student internship “UP”, Competition in practical law, Trainings and competitions during the Street Law Festival, Financial Advisory Tournament. Students of law clinics gained experience of practical professional activity in the field of legal assistance to consumers of financial services and organization of public events to improve financial literacy of the population, which can be used in the future during consultations after the project.

  • Strengthening the authority of the Association among partners and stakeholders.

The association has significantly increased its influence among legal education modernization organizations and free legal aid providers. Currently, representatives of the Association team:

    1. Joined the working group on the development of the rating of law schools of Ukraine, organized by the Ukrainian Bar Association with the support of the USAID New Justice Program;
    2. Participated in the working group to develop recommendations for monitoring the status of constitutional human rights and freedoms, in particular, the right to legal aid;
    3. Launched their own program “Interactive Education Street Law” within the Ukrainian School of Practical Knowledge on Access to Justice;
    4. Together with Polish colleagues continue to develop issues of process automation in legal clinics within the Kyiv Legal Empowerment Practical Program;
    5. Established systematic cooperation with the youth committee of the National Bar Association of Ukraine UNBA NextGen in the field of organizing joint events, expert support, student internships and internships.

2020: Results of Legal Clinics in the Field of Financial Services

Legal clinics achievements in the vector of counselling of financial services consumers

During the press conference, Maria Tsypiashchuk, a member of the Board of the Association and the head of the counselling component, presented its main results.

Legal assistance in the field of financial services was provided by legal clinics selected to participate in the counselling vector of the project:

 She added:

“The implementation of the counselling vector began with the development and conducting of training on the organization of counselling of consumers of financial services for two groups of representatives of legal clinics (students and managers). After the trainings, the clinics started the process of specialized counseling on the protection of the rights of consumers of financial services.”

During February-November 2020, legal clinics processed 83 applications, which were dominated by two categories of issues: loans and financial fraud, addressing the topics of payment transactions and insurance were noticeable too.

Regarding the nature of legal aid provided:

  • legal consultation – in 60 cases;
  • legal information – 22 cases;
  • preparation of documents (procedural and non-judicial) – in 10 cases.

According to students and curators of legal clinics, participation in the project helped them to significantly improve not only knowledge in the field of consumer protection of financial services, but also to acquire practical skills in counselling, including remotely.

Maria also presented the Handbook “Counselling of Financial Services Consumers” that summarizes the results of the work of seven legal clinics involved in the implementation of the project counselling component.

2020: Results of Legal Clinics in the Field of Financial Services

The manual will help legal clinic consultants to communicate with clients professionally, both in person and remotely. The first section of it will also help the head of legal clinic to better understand why counselling in a legal clinic and how best to organize it. The publication contains summaries on the most common questions that arise in consumers of financial services and algorithms for working with them. Finally, to demonstrate that timely and necessary steps yield the desired results, the third section publishes the success stories of legal clinics in matters involving the financial sector.

DOWNLOAD Handbook on Financial Services Consumers Consultation (UKR)

Applying Street Law for improving financial literacy

Indicators of the direction of legal education were presented by its Head, member of the Board of ALCU Kateryna Datsko. So, the 10 legal clinics that professionally worked on increase of financial literacy of financial services consumers were referred to the direction of legal education:

In total, legal clinics conducted 122 direct legal education activities. Topics of events that prevailed: own budget planning and financial literacy – 38 events; financial fraud – 26 measures; safe loans – 15 measures. Other classes were held on the topics of insurance, features of the banking system of Ukraine, current legislative changes in the financial sector, the rules of using bank cards.

She shared:

“During the implementation of the legal education vector, legal clinics developed scenarios of legal education classes, graphic legal education materials (posters, infographics), educational videos that were used for direct legal education of the population (interactive lessons, webinars, trainings, presentations, seminars). Due to quarantine restrictions, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of activities have been transferred online using the Zoom platform.”

Катерина Дацко

In turn, Kateryna also presented a Handbook for practical law classes “Street law: Consumer protection in the field of financial services”, which was the result of legal clinics work. The publication will help improve the quality and efficiency of legal education through the development of skills in the use of interactive methods of teaching law, in particular the methods of Street Law

The materials included in the publication were tested during the first in Ukraine innovative Festival of Practical Law “Fin $kills”, dedicated to the protection of consumers of financial services and financial literacy, held by the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine in July 2020.

DOWNLOAD the Handbook on Financial Literacy (UKR)

Major indicators of the Association media activity

Media activity indicators achieved as a result of the project implementation were presented by the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine Olena Sabo.

One of the main tasks within the project was the modernization of the Association web-site – legalclinics.in.ua:

During the implementation of project, information on its development and results were published on the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine web-site (https://legalclinics.in.ua/), on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AssociationLegalClinicsUkraine) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/as.lc.ukraine/), as well as on the information resources of the Ukrainian legal clinics, universities, and resources of Association infopartners. Presently, the 1395 media mentions indicated.

Implementation of activity and organization of work of the legal clinic at the deoccupied territory of Ukraine for strengthening financial literacy among inhabitants

A separate task of the project was to expand the regional office of legal clinics – Project “Implementation and organization of the legal clinic in the occupied territory of Ukraine in order to strengthen the financial literacy of the population.” The new legal clinic was created on the basis of the Slavic Educational and Scientific Institute of the University of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine

During the implementation of the project on the basis of the legal clinic an interactive mobile office was created, which carries out regular trips to the gray and red zones of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in order to conduct legal work and provide legal advice.

Its major achievements were presented by head of the legal clinic Dmytro Lazarenko.

Дмитро Лазаренко

The event took place thank to support of the U.S. Agency for International Development in the frame of grant provided by the USAID Financial Sector Transformation Project (FST).

Student Internship and the Consultation Tournament: Law Students Have Been Demonstrating Their Knowledge in the Competition

Student Internship and the Consultation Tournament: Law Students Have Been Demonstrating Their Knowledge in the Competition

The Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine always creates new opportunities for students and developes legal education through interesting studying process, contests for future lawyers. Yes, students of legal clinics could review their knowledge in the field of law, as well as to improve the skills of legal practice during the Student Internship “Responsible Business and Human Rights” and the Tournament on counseling on financial issues.

The competitions brought together talented legal clinics students in Irpin, who competed for the title of being the best in solving practical legal cases and advising clients. The events took place on October 17 at the University of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine.

Студентське стажування + Турнір

On the eve of the competition, the Head of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine Yuliia Lomzhets addressed the participants with a congratulatory speech and wished success to the law students. She emphasized:

Students-clinicians are the best and most active. Regular counseling is not enough for them. Therefore, legal clinics are constantly looking for new approaches, methods and forms of work. The Association also joins. We are increasing the number of events for the student audience. Street Law Festival, the Student Internship “UP” and the Financial Counseling Tournament have been added to our traditional Olympiad this year.”

Студентське стажування + Турнір

Acting rector of the hosting University of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, Oleh Shevchuk has also congratulated the participants, he commented:

“In recent years, law students of leading universities in Ukraine are increasingly involved in the work of legal clinics, where under the supervision of curators, they provide a free legal aid to the poor, increasing their theoretical knowledge and gaining practical skills for further professional activity. Legal clinics not only create opportunities for students to practice in the legal profession, performing analytical and direct human rights work, but also stimulate self-improvement, forming a new generation of young lawyers.”

Студентське стажування + Турнір

STUDENTS INTERNSHIP ‘UP’

One of the contests was a competition to solve legal cases ‘Responsible Business and Human Rights’ (the second stage of the UP Project). UP combined training, applied research of living practice and a competitive component. The competition created opportunities for the implementation of innovative methods of teaching law and the development of students’ competencies, which are necessary for a modern lawyer through the study of trend topics in law.

The goal of student internship Мета студентського стажування ‘Responsible Business and Human Rights’:

  • to promote the development in the university community of an understanding, responsible, and respectful to human rights business;
  • involvement of legal clinic students in practical research and solving real cases in this topic.

After the first stage of the internship – writing a legal essay and its public presentation, the second final stage took place in Irpin – solving real practical research in business and human rights and competition of student teams in solving a legal case.

‘In the Project UP The Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine opened a new direction in the development of practical skills of law students, which simultaneously motivates them to research, and makes science interesting. Also, one of the new things is cooperation with business, which expands opportunities for students and promotes dialogue between business and education in the direction of its improvement to the requirements of the employer. I am grateful to all the teams, and especially to their leaders, who supported and motivated their students, believed in the new format of the ALCU event. This is our first UP and I am sure it is not the last, but the next will be even more interesting, – commented the coordinator of the Student Internship, Member of the Board of the Association Kateryna Datsko.

Студентське стажування + Турнір

The participants of the second stage of the internship were 4 teams – the winners of the essay competition ‘Responsible Business and Human Rights’:

During the second stage of the ‘UP’ contest, the teams of legal clinics presented the prepared legal positions. Practical cases for solving by the teams were provided by the ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih, which also prepared nice gifts for the participants. Significant support for the ‘UP’ contest provided non-governmental organization “Kryvyi Rih Foundation for Future”.

Студентське стажування + Турнір

Студентське стажування + Турнір

The judges Andrii Halaii, Olena Shakirova, Serhii Movchan, Anna Fedorenko and Oleh Martynenko have been evaluating the presentations.

One of the judges Andrii Halaii commented: ‘The ‘UP’ contest“Конкурс UP demonstrated that firstly, students’ scientific researches can be practical and useful. Secondly, the Association of Legal Clinics can be the leader of such a restart of thoroughly plagiarized and devalued science’.

After two rounds, the winner of the contest became the Legal clinic ‘Liberta’ of the West Ukrainian National University. The second place took the Legal clinic of the National University ‘Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’.

We remind that the Student Internship has become part of the legal vector of the III International Scientific Congress Society of Ambient Intelligence 2020.

TOURNAMENT ON CONSULTATION ON FINANCIAL ISSUES

Another unique event of the Association, held in Irpin, was the Tournament on advising clients on financial issues. The tournament is a competition among legal clinics of Ukraine, which simulated the process of accepting a client in a legal office with the participation of two consulting students (participants of a legal clinic) acting as lawyers (lawyers, legal advisers, legal practitioners) and a client played by invited actors.

The counseling tournament, like other similar competitions, is designed to develop in law students the skills of client interviewing, professional ethics, planning and analysis in the process of building relationships, the ability to provide initial advice at the level of ‘lawyer-client’ during the reception in legal office.

The coordinator of the Tournament, the Member of the Board of the Association Mariia Tsypiashchuk told the audience:

I am very happy that we were able to hold this Tournament. I hope he found it useful. First of all – for students and now, returning to their legal clinics, they will be able to apply new skills in real counseling. The counseling tournament has become, in fact, another format of the Association’s work towards the practical training of future lawyers’.

Студентське стажування + Турнір

The Tournament became a training event for the participants of legal clinics, who are involved to the grant support of the USAID Financial Sector Transformation Project (FST) during 2019-2020. Respectively, the topic of the Tournament related to the topic of protection of the financial services consumers.

Thanks to complex fabulas developed on the basis of real appeals to legal clinics, students were able to try their own knowledge of the rights protection of financial services consumers. In particular, in such common aspects as online microcredit, protection against financial fraud, observance of the rights of internally displaced persons in the context of repayment of deposits and fulfillment of credit obligations to a bank whose branch is located in the temporarily occupied territory.

Студентське стажування + Турнір

In order to participate in the Tournament, preliminary selection was held, after which the following legal clinics fought for the victory:

Participants were evaluated by a professional jury: practicing attorneys, representatives of the notary and other areas of professional legal activity. In particular, these are:

  • Oksana Vynohradska,
  • Andrii Volkov,
  • Maryna Havryliuk,
  • Petro Levchuk,
  • Vikotoriia Lysenko,
  • Hanna Lysenko,
  • Yaroslav Lysenko,
  • Yaroslav Malyk,
  • Olena Marycheva,
  • Olena Myronenko-Shulhan,
  • Lesia Sydoruk,
  • Oleh Tkachuk.

Студентське стажування + Турнір

After the participants’ performances, the winner of the competition became the team of the Legal Clinic of the University of Customs and Finance. The second place has taken the Legal clinic of the National University of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine.

The semifinalists of the Tournament were the teams of the Legal clinic of the Law Faculty of the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University and the Legal Clinic of the State University of Economics and Technology.

Tetiana Sholkova, the event organizer and Member of the Board of the Association, spoke about the challenges during the Tournament and the ‘UP’ contest. According to her, the quarantine added to the difficulties due to the actual absence of the staff of the legal clinic and students of the educational and scientific law institute, who are always ready to help.

Tetiana Sholkova summarized:

There were only a few assistants, but we succeeded. We managed to form a professional jury, which included lawyers and civil servants from Kyiv and the region, to meet the teams, as well as to organize a teleconference with the President of the Polish Foundation of Legal Clinics and the Polish teams. We have ensured fair competitions. I am grateful to the Directorate of the Educational and Scientific Institute of Law, the Rector’s office of the University of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, the teaching staff of the Department of Financial Law, as well as the Board of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine for assistance in competitions organization. I also want to thank my students from the legal clinic for their help. These competitions helped to form a truly effective and efficient team’.

Student Internship and the Consultation Tournament: Law Students Have Been Demonstrating Their Knowledge in the Competition

The events were conducted thank to support of the U.S. Agency for International Development in the frame of grant provided by the USAID Financial Sector Transformation Project (FST).

The Seventh Debate Tournament of Legal Clinics is Over

The Seventh Debate Tournament of Legal Clinics is Over

This year’s open debate tournament on anti-corruption among the teams of legal clinics of Ukrainian universities was dedicated to discussing anti-corruption issues.

Powerful partners: EU Anti-Corruption Initiative in Ukraine (EUACI), Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine and Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union; current topics; independent professional judicial governance; the informal atmosphere of the event, and the special format of the debates are the keys to the success of the debate tournament of legal clinics held on December 4, 2017.

Змагання.

At the stage of selection from 16 applications representing all regions of Ukraine, 8 teams of debaters were selected. At the quarterfinal matches, the best four teams took part representing the following universities:

the University of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine (Town of Irpin),

Дебатний турнір.

Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University

Дебатний турнір.

University of Customs and Finance (City of Dnipro)

Турнір.

and Ternopil National Economic University.

Турнір.

The teams from Dnipro and Ternopil advanced to the semifinals.

In the final, the team of the ‘Liberta’ Legal Clinic of the Ternopil National Economic University won the discussion on the expediency of establishing the Anti-Corruption Court.

Comments during the debate tournament:

  • Serhii Derkach, Anti-Corruption Expert of the EU Anti-Corruption Initiative in Ukraine (EUACI): ‘’It was so COOL! Congratulations to all participants of the debate tournament, regardless of the results! You are all winners! A prosperous future awaits Ukraine with smart students!’’
  • Oleh Martynenko, Head of Analytical Vector of the UHHRU: “It was unexpectedly pleasant to meet among the participants of the tournament a high level of understanding not only of the reasons, but also of the ways to combat corruption”;
  • and it turns out that the first Deputy Head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office Maksym Hryshchuk is a native of the legal clinical movement!

More photos can be found in the groups of the Tournament and the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine, and videos of the debate matches will soon be uploaded and added to the group “Legal Clinics in Ukraine” on YouTube.

 

Autumn ALCU Forum 2020: Discussing Potential of Legal Clinics

Autumn ALCU Forum 2020: Discussing Potential of Legal Clinics

For two days, foreign and national experts in the field of higher legal education discussed the challenges and innovations in the education of lawyers with a focus on the role of legal clinics in these processes.

On September 17-18, 2020, the autumn Forum of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine took place in Kyiv, filled with a lively exchange of ideas and innovative developments of legal clinics. The forum aimed to discuss methods of improving the practical skills of law students, optimization and automation of legal and educational processes, the development of trend thematic areas of educational programs for lawyers.

Осінній Форум АЮКУ - 2020

The theme of the Forum echoes the concept of legal education reform and the bachelor’s and master’s standards of higher education in the specialty “Law”, approved by the Ministry of Education and Science. That is why we dedicated the Autumn Forum of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine to the issues of modernization of legal education. After discussions, debates, expressions of positions, it is possible to come to the indisputable conclusion that the legal clinical movement in Ukraine is developing dynamically, has received recognition both at the national and international level. We meet all modern trends and are already creating our own. Therefore, we can safely call ourselves innovators of higher legal education, – emphasized the Head of the Board of the Association Julia Lomzhets.

Осінній Форум АЮКУ - 2020_Юлія Ломжець

Challenges for legal education

From educational philosophy to standards of higher legal education

I congratulate the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine with a strong institutional growth because the network demonstrates a movement that, among other things, affects the process of modernization of legal education,” said the moderator of the Forum’s expert panel Larysa Denysenko.

Осінній Форум АЮКУ - 2020_Денисенко

The legal profession needs changes. This is confirmed by the dissatisfaction of employers with the quality of the formed skills and abilities of university graduates, the graduates themselves due to the uncertain position in the labor market and, finally, public distrust to the legal profession.

Осінній Форум АЮКУ - 2020_Бойко, Бутенко, Пижов

These problems can be solved only by a qualitative reform of higher legal education. The renewed process of licensing and further accreditation of educational programs will ensure progress towards the highest quality of education and trust in Ukrainian diplomas abroad. This was emphasized by the speakers of the first expert panel of the Forum – representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine Oleksandr Pyzhov and Andriy Boyko, as well as the National Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education Andriy Butenko.

Legal education & Legal clinics: balance of theory & practice

The head of the Association Yulia Lomzhets presented the results of the work of legal clinics in 2019 and noted that legal clinics are preparing a new generation of lawyers ready for the challenges of modern society.

Осінній Форум АЮКУ - 2020

Our main goal today is to find the optimal balance of theory and practice in the training of lawyers. Practice-oriented approach is a central part of legal education standards and the success of such an approach will depend on the quality and diversity of practice. Monitoring of legal clinics has proved that a really working legal clinic is able to provide full-fledged practical training of a young lawyer. Having formed not only solid practical skills, but also skills of effective communication, critical thinking and self-presentation,Yulia Lomzhets emphasized.

Осінній Форум

Representatives of the Association partner organizations were invited to this panel:

  • Oleksandr Sydelnikov, National Rule of Law and Human Rights Project Manager, OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine;
  • Nina Reshetar, Rule of Law and Human Rights Project Assistant, OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine;
  • Artem Shaipov, Legal Advisor, USAID New Justice Program;
  • Olga Halchenko, Coordinator of the Human Rights and Justice Program of the International Renaissance Foundation;
  • Mykola Sioma, Director of the Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation.

Осінній Форум АЮКУ - 2020

Their speeches confirmed that education in legal clinics has been demonstrating its effectiveness for more than a decade, and the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine is a reliable partner for the implementation of innovative educational projects.

Johnny Hall, Professor of Law (University of Northumbria, UK) and Filip Czernicki, President of the Polish Network of Legal Clinics, President of GAJE (Global Alliance for Justice Education), shared and underlined the important role of legal education reform in foreign processes.

Student vs Employer. Modern portrait of graduate lawyer

What is he like, a law faculty graduate? How do employers and graduates look at them? What does a future lawyer lack to become valuable in the labor market? Aren’t employers demanding too much from young lawyers who are just starting their careers?

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These and other questions were answered by law students:

  • Oleg Musiy, consultant of the Legal clinic “Pro bono” of the National University of Ostroh Academy, ex-Coordinator of the North-Ukrainian region of the League of Students of the Ukrainian Bar Association, expert of the educational programs accreditation of the National Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance (Ukraine) (NAHEQA);
  • Maryna Lobko, Head of the League of Students of the All-Ukrainian NGO Ukrainian Bar Association, expert in educational programs accreditation of the NAHEQA, director of marketing & communication of the Project “Legal Education Reform” from the League of Students of the Ukrainian Bar Association;

and representatives of employers:

  • Olena Myronenko-Shulgan, member of the Council of the Committee of Young Lawyers of the National Bar Association of Ukraine UNBA NextGen;
  • Kateryna Kovalevska, attorney, managing partner at the “Kateryna Kovalevska Attorney Bureau”, Deputy Chairman of the Youth Committee of the Ukrainian National Bar Association – UNBA NextGen.

Осінній Форум АЮКУ - 2020

The discussion was conducted by members of the Board of the Association Tetyana Sholkova and Olga Nastina in the format of “World Cafe”. As a result of the discussion, a group of mandatory skills of a law graduate was formed.

Specialization in the activities of legal clinics: new areas of work and partnerships

The discussion on studying the experience and prospects of introducing specialization in the activities of legal clinics was initiated by a member of the Board of the Association Andrii Halaii.

Осінній Форум АЮКУ - 2020

Volodymyr Stadnik, Head of the Office for Social-Educational & Psychological Work with Convicts of the Division of Resocialization and Social Rehabilitation of the Department of Criminal Penalties Execution and Serhii Hrechaniuk, the Head of the Department of Criminal Penalties Execution of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine shared the successful experience of development & organization of the legal clinic for work in legal protection of the convict’s rights, as well as shared the modern perspectives of legal clinics work in the frame of quarantine restrictions and regulative peculiarities of penitentiary institutions.

The manager of the legal clinic of the School of Law of the Ukrainian Catholic University, member of the Board of the Association Khrystyna Kovtsun told about the secrets of the systematic work of the legal clinic and the successful experience of developing its own specialization in providing legal assistance to veterans & servicemen in terms of ongoing armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

Осінній Форум АЮКУ - 2020_Христя Ковцун

While determining the potential of legal clinics in the implementation of anti-corruption specializations, Andrii Halaii, Head of the Strategic Analysis Department for NAPC Prevention of Corruption, noted:

“The specialized anti-corruption community is always open and ready to cooperate.”

Kateryna Datsko, Member of the Board of the Association, presented the results of the new, mastered by the Association specialization “Protection of the rights of consumers of financial services” in the USAID Financial Sector Transformation Project (FST).

Осінній Форум АЮКУ - 2020_Дацко

International Platform

“The potential of legal clinics in the modernization of legal education: foreign experience”

The international platform has established a quite clear upcoming steps of international cooperation of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine.

Осінній Форум

Platform moderator Maria Tsypiashchuk, member of the Board of the Association:

“This is not the first event when the Association involves colleagues from abroad. However, it is probably the first time that we have involved them in such a large number and in such a high-quality combination of topics and experience. For me personally, it was a great pleasure to work again with our old friends: Filip Chernicki, Delaine Swenson and Johnny Hall. And, of course, get to know closer Lee Abertman and his colleague Amy Wallace, invite Lia Worsome and James E. Moliterno to speak up.

Each and every one of these people are, in fact, key figures in the modern global legal clinic movement in the relevant field: the integration of the legal clinic into the educational process or the most functional use of Street Law. The highlight of the international platform was also the fact that we invited Ihor Konopka, who was able to compare Ukrainian and foreign experience in his concise and meaningful presentation.”

Осінній Форум АЮКУ - 2020_Ципящук

Innovations in legal education

The topic of the second day of the Forum was innovations in legal education in the context of digitalization, quarantine restrictions and modern requirements for the legal profession and law students themselves.

Осінній Форум АЮКУ - 2020_Яна Собко

How to teach law students to write interesting things about law? 71% of lawyers do not know how to deliver information to the client in simple language. The secrets of Legal Writing were told by the editor of Loyer, the founder of the online course and Telegram-channel Legal Writing Yana Sobko, whose slogan is: “Write complex texts in simple language.”

Осінній Форум АЮКУ - 2020_Яна Собко

Illia Filipov, CEO and co-founder of EdEra, enthusiastically spoke about creating effective online courses. Illia revealed the secrets of the mechanism for creating exclusive online courses:

  • combine different formats of tasks and topics;
  • adhere to the balance of complexity;
  • use the effect of quick victories;
  • clearly understand the target audience;
  • format should be relevant to the topic and resources.

Осінній Форум АЮКУ - 2020_Філіпов

Distance learning and remote work, online living and counseling, social networking culture and remote work tools. The secrets of modern means of communication were revealed by Andrii Udovychenko from the Bot & Partners, Notion Pro.LLM, Cornell Law School (USA) and Mykyta Pidhainyi, CEO at Bot & Partners, legal engineer at Opendatabot.

Осінній Форум АЮКУ - 2020

At the end of the Forum, participants took part in a workshop “Key issues of legal ethics for teachers of legal clinics” by James E. Molinterno, Vincent Bradford Professor of Law, Washington & Lee University School of Law.

 

The Forum was conducted thank to the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development in the frame of grant provided by the USAID Financial Sector Transformation Project (FST).

 

Photo credit: Roman Shalamov

Legal Education and Rights Protection in Chernihiv: Work Effectivity of the CNUT Legal Clinic “Adiutorium”

Legal Education and Rights Protection in Chernihiv: Work Effectivity of the CNUT Legal Clinic “Adiutorium”

In the nearest future, the Legal Clinic “Auditorium” of the Chernihiv National University of Technology awaits positive changes. So far, the clinic is ready to implement the other legal clinics’ useful experience and is ready in growth.

On 12 – 14 February 2020 the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine jointly with the Chernihiv National University of Technology had been conducting the performance assessment of the legal clinic for compliance to Standards of the Legal Clinics Activity in Ukraine, approved at the 2014 All-Ukrainian ALCU Conference.

Асоціація.

During the assessment, we examined the effectivity in frame of four legal clinic activities vectors: organizational, educational, rights protection, and legal education. Such assessment is called to guarantee legal clinic growth in regions and allow the Association to better discover the needs of legal clinics movement.

Monitoring was conducted by three invited experts:

  • Kateryna Datsko, Dean of Law Faculty, Head of the legal clinic of the Kryvyi Rih Economic Institute of the Vadym Hetman Kyiv National Economic University;
  • Yuliia Matveieva, Member of Board of the ALCU, Head of the Education laboratory «Legal Clinic» of the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”;
  • Olena Sabo, Co-founder, member of the Association of Paralegals Community of Ukraine, NGO.

Асоціація.

What is a legal clinic and what its place in the local community’s legal education and rights protection?

Nowadays, a legal clinic is a modern and very practical step of anyone in the legal profession. It teaches students rights protection and to be a true lawyer instead of buying solutions. Quality legal clinic complements available free legal aid options and helps developing an active local community in any town, at the same time requiring relatively small effort.

Results of the legal clinic evaluation

On 14 February 2020, the monitoring group presented the results of the examination in the university. Monitoring showed that the legal clinic acquired a sufficient base to perform as well as to grow in the future. The strengths of the clinic are:

  • Active integrity to local rights protection & legal education communities;
  • Conducting various legal education events;
  • Wide cooperation with partner organizations.

To vectors that need improvement experts included legal education and organization of work of the legal clinic. In particular, the university should pay attention to expanding legal clinic staff and improving the financial terms of legal clinic curators.

Асоціація.

In general, the legal clinic with a summary result of 71,5% demonstrated the presence of a possibility to grow and improve its activities as well as to gain high results at both national and international contests. Preliminary evaluation results are the following:

  • Organization and provision – 56%;
  • Legal clinic inclusion to education process – 80%;
  • Legal counseling – 75%;
  • Legal education – 75%.

Асоціація.

After results presentation and discussion, the monitoring group jointly with the university administration and head of the legal clinic adopted a Legal Clinic Development Plan designed according to the monitoring results.

Асоціація.

Асоціація.

Legal clinic contacts:

Valentyna LytvynenkoHead of the Legal Clinic “Adiutorium”

Address: Chernihiv, 1 Kozatska St. (Dorm. №3);

Telephone: (0462) 66-52-38 and (0462) 66-52-43

e-mailchernih.auditorium.legalclinic@gmail.com

 

Monitoring of legal clinics is conducted by the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine with support by The International Renaissance Foundation in a frame of realization of the project “Development of regional leadership and establishing a model of coordination of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine”.

 

“UP” Contest Results: Three Legal Clinics will Take Part in the International Student Internship in Poland

“UP” Contest Results: Three Legal Clinics will Take Part in  the International Student Internship in Poland

The finale of the National stage of the UP Contest took place in Kryvyi Rih. Three legal clinics which essays gained the highest scored became winners and were awarded with the opportunity to participate in the International Student Internship in Poland.

11 February 2020 the presentation of the National Contest of legal essays
“Responsible Business and Human Rights” took place. After the discussion on the essays, the winners were selected and awarded.

Coordinator of the International Student Internship Kateryna Datsko commented:

“National Contest of legal essays “Responsible Business and Human Rights” at the same time is the beginning of the III International Scientific Congress Society of Ambient Intelligence 2020 and the International Student Internship, as part of a new “UP” project of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine. I am pleased to be the project coordinator of this vector and host the colleagues and students of 7 legal clinics in our university. It helps to establish friendly cooperation among universities, to share experience, and to improve work techniques with students in the legal clinic. New topics, new formats motivate students to grow and help to obtain a lawyer’s mindset. I become more and more convicted that exactly a legal clinic is a place in a university where are and must be developing new, creative, and interesting projects for students.

Катерина Дацко

8 legal clinics took part in the “UP” Contest:

  • Legal clinic “Ex aequo et bono” of the Admiral Makarov National University of Shipbuilding;
  • Legal clinic of the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”;
  • Legal clinic of the “Protection & Justice” of the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine;
  • Legal clinic “Liberta” of the Ternopil National Economic University;
  • Legal clinic “Truth” of the Dnipro State University of Internal Affairs;
  • Legal clinic of the Kryvyi Rih Economic Institute of the Vadym Hetman Kyiv National Economic University;
  • Legal clinic of the Berdiansk University of Management and Business, LLC.;
  • Legal clinic “Protection” of the National Academy of Internal Affairs.

The legal clinics prepared essays on “Responsible Business and Human Rights” topic. The research included the following issues:

  • Industrial corporations and human rights.
  • Financial services business and human rights (we promote this issue: 5% to the general score of an essay).
  • ІТ-business and human rights.

After the works presentation and expert discussion, three winner teams were selected.

Міжнародне студентське стажування у Польщі

The first winner of the National contest “Responsible Business and Human Rights” became the Legal clinic of the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy;

Students of legal clinic shared:

There are only positive impressions of the contest left. We fancy our other clinics’ colleagues’ presentations a lot and masterclasses too. Artem Filipiev has inspired us to work harder. We are looking forward to starting our trip to Warsaw.”

Міжнародне студентське стажування у Польщі

The second place was granted to the Legal clinic of the Kryvyi Rih Economic Institute of the Vadym Hetman Kyiv National Economic University:

Representatives of clinic commented:

We liked the essay work process during the first stage of the contest. Today, during our presentation we were also inspired to see our colleagues-students from different regions of the country sharing a unique vision on what a responsible business is and what the related legal & economical aspects are. The topic was especially interesting to discover through others’ presentations because the chosen topics varied. We can’t wait  when will be resolving practical cases during the second stage of the contest.”

Міжнародне студентське стажування у Польщі

The third finalist of the National Essay contest became the Legal clinic “Liberta” of the Ternopil National Economic University;

Liberta members highlighted:

“We were pleasantly surprised by the high-level organization of the contest. Status of winners stimulates to improve our legal skills, gaining new knowledge in the financial services sphere, and presenting our team with dignity on an international level.

Міжнародне студентське стажування у Польщі

The second part of the presentation included an excursion “Industrial corporation with respect to human rights”.

Міжнародне студентське стажування у Польщі

The analysis of the latest compliance tendencies and related legal practices of the industrial corporations were presented by:

  • Nataliia Malysheva – 1st category Specialist at the Department of Legislation Compliance and Corporative Standards of the PJSC ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih.
  • Anhelina Chachuna – Compliance Officer at the Metinvest Group with 13 years of legal experience.

Міжнародне студентське стажування у Польщі

In the frame of results presentation there was also conducted a meeting with Artem Filipiev, a graduate of the legal clinic “Pro bono” (National University of Ostroh Academy), now General Counsel of the PJSC ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih. The meeting included discussion on characteristics and values in the work of corporate lawyer; on responsible business and ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih practical cases; on legal clinics as a place where true lawyers are being shaped.

 Міжнародне студентське стажування у Польщі

Kateryna Datsko added:

“It is great to state that this project is a bright example of cooperation of business, civil society and universities because thank to the support of  Kryvyi Rih Foundation of the Future, NGO, Metinvest Holding, LLC., PJSC ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih participants had an opportunity to listen to the responsible business practitioners, visit thematic excursion, and in future will receive financial support to take part on the international level of student internship on “Responsible Business and Human Rights”.

We recall that the 2020 contest includes learning, applied research of relevant practice, and competitive component. The project in turn includes an International Student Internship that will become a part of legal vector of the III International Scientific Congress Society of Ambient Intelligence 2020 on the topic “Responsible Business and Human Rights”. Three winner teams of the National stage will take part in the International Student Internship in Warsaw, Poland on 2-3 April 2020.

 

This publication is prepared with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development according to the agreement with the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine in the frame of a grant provided by the USAID Financial Sector Transformation Project (FST).

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